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[ISN] Denied: no bail for ATM hacker
BY NATASHA RUDRA
The Canberra Times
01 Nov, 2011
A Lyneham man who pleaded guilty to hacking into two ATMs to steal
$10,400 was already on bail for stealing thousands more dollars from
cash machines to feed a gambling addiction, a court has heard.
Luke Angus McLaren, 23, posed as a technician when he hacked into the
machines at the Westfield Belconnen shopping mall last Friday,
collecting $6400 from one machine and $4000 from another.
According to the statement of facts tendered in the ACT Magistrates
Court, McLaren then went out and blew the money during a 30-hour
gambling spree at Canberra Casino at the weekend, losing a total of
When he ran out of money and had to leave the casino about 4am on
Sunday, he tried to hack into another ATM to steal more cash but failed
because the machine had been secured by the company which owned it.
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